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Canva does graphs, charts, and diagrams!

I only recently discovered that Canva, one of our favorite design tools, extends its design magic to support graphing and data visualization.  I cannot tell you how often I wished for a template to create pie, bars, fishbone, concept maps, comparison charts for my instruction, presentations, infographics, and reports. I often struggle to help teachers […]

Focus on Include: AASL’s new Developing Inclusive Learners and Citizens Activity Guide

At ALA Annual, AASL released its new, downloadable Developing Inclusive Learners and Citizens Activity Guide. Designed to support school librarians in nurturing inclusive learning communities, the Guide offers reflection activities, scenarios, and resources based on the six Shared Foundations and the four Domains of our National School Library Standards. The goal of the Activity Guide is […]

The newly reimagined Empire State Information Fluency Continuum

The newly reimagined Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (ESIFC) was introduced at the NYLA-SSL Summer Institute this week. Happily, our friends in New York State are again sharing their fine work. Dr. Barbara Stripling, Professor Emerita, Syracuse University, and former ALA President, describes the history and goals of the project that builds on an earlier version […]

15 Non-librarian blog(ger)s too good to miss!

It occurs to me that so many of my best ideas come from the blogs of others. As often as not, those blogs live outside of the school library world. In no particular order, here’s a very personal selection of blogs/bloggers I couldn’t live without. 1.Cult of Pedagogy is far more than a blog. Since […]

Immersive Reader: A powerful tool to support schoolwide literacy

Imagine an instructional partner who could act as: a lifeline for students and parents for whom English is not a first language a friendly support system for your emerging readers and your students with learning differences a coach who presents the availability of individual reading environment choices and encourages independence a collaborator who amplifies the […]

ALA highlights: What I saw and what I missed (Banquets not included)

This started as a post and got completely out of hand. It made far more sense to recap ALA 2019 Annual Conference using a social media approach. So here’s a Wakelet offering my personal highlights both of the events I had the privilege to attend in the brief time I had before ISTE as well […]

ISTE Librarians’ Takeaways (Crowdsourced) Updated

ISTE both thrills and overwhelms me. However carefully I plan my choices, each year I am plagued by FOMO. This year, with the help of ISTE Librarians Network President Nikki Robertson, I asked our colleagues who attended the Network Breakfast to help us all out by sharing their biggest takeaways. First, know that the folks […]

Flipgrid: Exciting updates from ISTE

Every 45 seconds of every minute of the 2018/2019 school year, a new educator signed up for Flipgrid. During the past school year, kids shared 24 billion seconds of Flipgrid video. The student voice and video discussion tool is currently used in 180 countries by millions of students, educators, and families. Earlier this week at […]

Guardians of History: Britannica’s new choice-driven historical adventures

“When problems occur in history, we send you back in time to make sure history happens the way it is supposed to,” says Professor Wolf of Britannica’s new Guardians of History. Your voice launches the immersive audio adventure that is one part Oregon Trail, one part Back to the Future, one part Choose Your Own […]

Isn’t it time to stop Wikipedia shaming?

I am currently working on a research project with partners from the University of Florida and OCLC. Researching Students’ Information Choices (RSIC), our IMLS-funded study, uses simulated Google result lists to examine what happens when student researchers make real-time search engine result page decisions. I thought I’d share some of our preliminary findings. This post […]